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#421 Post by mattblack » Sat Apr 13, 2024 11:04 am

Global Defence Company Accelerates Adelaide Headquarters

Kongsberg Defence Australia has increased its commitment to South Australia’s burgeoning defence industry by fast-tracking development of its $25 million Australian manufacturing headquarters at Technology Park in Mawson Lakes.

Development of its 2500m2 manufacturing and office facility was originally set to be delivered in stages over three years by local company Tandem Building Group - but a jump in the number of current and future opportunities has accelerated delivery of the project.

The local subsidiary of Norwegian company Kongsberg Defence and Aerospace purchased 6000m2 of land at Technology Park from Renewal SA in October 2022 to support its work on a range of defence programs.

This includes the Naval Strike Missile capability for Anzac Class Frigates and Hobart Class Destroyers, the CORTEX capability for Protected Mobile Fires and the sustainment of National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System (NASAMS) Ground Based Air Defence System and PROTECTOR Remote Weapon Systems.

Kongsberg Defence Australia is currently co-located with Raytheon Australia at the Centre for Joint Integration in Mawson Lakes to deliver NASAMS for the Australian Army.

The new standalone facility – which is the first in the Asia‐Pacific region for KONGSBERG’s Defence business – will support a range of activities including manufacture, assembly, integration, test, training, verification and maintenance, as well as software development and support.

The facility will house Kongsberg Defence Australia’s 40 local team members and has been designed to cater for as many as 150 staff in coming years in roles including systems engineering, mechanical engineering and software engineering.

The facility is expected to welcome employees in June 2024.

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#422 Post by mattblack » Mon Apr 22, 2024 9:57 am

Aero skills focus to boost South Australian technical college to new heights

The Heights Technical College in Adelaide will add aero skills specialisation to its list of key pathways for students when it first opens its doors in 2026.

The announcement paves the way for students in years 10 to 12 to get to grips with the evolving demands of the defence sector, equipping them with essential workplace skills to strengthen pathways from school to employment. It will also help meet the workforce demands that are being experienced to support defence aircraft maintenance requirements.

The aero skills focus addresses the pressing issue of limited vocational pathways to aero skills qualifications in South Australia – an important component of the state’s defence industry. An entry level pathway will be offered including the Certificate II in Aeroskills, leading to apprenticeships post-school that will help build South Australia’s aero skills sector, and support defence and civil aviation businesses.

In addition to aero skills, The Heights Technical College will offer three other key industry specialisations – advanced manufacturing and engineering, building and construction and early childhood and education.

The state-of-the-art facility is one of five being built by the South Australian Government as part of a $208.8 million commitment to connect education, business and industry and strengthen student pathways from school to employment in key industries.

Findon Technical College was the first technical college to open the doors to its modern, fully equipped facilities earlier this year. It is already providing keen students with hands-on opportunities in the advanced manufacturing and engineering area, with BAE Systems on board as a key partner ensuring a pipeline of skilled works for the defence and naval shipbuilding industries.

In November 2023, ASC was announced as a partner with Tonsley Technical College. To be located at the Tonsley Innovation Precinct, ASC will shape the learning experiences, support workplace learning and provide job opportunities through apprenticeships for students when they complete their studies.

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#423 Post by mattblack » Mon Apr 22, 2024 9:59 am

P-8A upgrade contract to see new South Australian jobs take flight

Boeing Defence Australia has been awarded a $139.5 million contract to upgrade the Royal Australian Air Force’s (RAAF) fleet of P-8A Poseidon aircraft, which will create a myriad of new jobs in South Australia.

Fifty new highly skilled defence industry jobs including six Certificate IV aircraft maintenance engineering apprentices, 38 Certificate II aerospace workers and several supply chain trainees will soon be added to Boeing’s 283-strong workforce currently employed at the RAAF Base in Edinburgh, South Australia. These personnel currently deliver maintenance services for the RAAF’s P-8A Poseidon fleet.

The first P-8A aircraft entered service almost 10 years ago under an incremental development program and the upcoming upgrades will ensure best-for-mission capability and support the achievement of Initial Operating Capability in June 2028.

As Boeing’s largest international subsidiary, Boeing Defence Australia employs more than 2000 people across 14 sites nationwide and three international locations. The company delivers military aircraft, network and space systems and services and support.

Through the contract, Poseidon’s software, systems and sensors will be upgraded to enhance the aircrafts’ anti-submarine warfare, maritime strike and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities. Out of a fleet of 12, the first two aircraft will undergo upgrades in Jackson, Florida, with the remaining 10 to be upgraded at the RAAF Base at Edinburgh.

Over the next two years, employees will complete formal training with South Australia’s Flight One Academy along with on-the-job training in preparation for the commencement of work in September 2026.

“We anticipate the upgrades will involve more than 300,000 hours of maintenance work over four years, with each aircraft taking around 7.5 months to complete,” said Boeing Defence Australia Director of Sustainment Operations, Naomi Smith.

Two new P-8As are due to be delivered to RAAF in 2024 and 2025. There is provision for the upgrade contract to be extended beyond its 2030 end date to accommodate these two aircraft.

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#424 Post by mattblack » Mon Apr 29, 2024 10:26 am

A bit of advertising highlighting another defence company getting a foothold in Lot 14;

Defence and Space Landing Pad sets Coras up for SA success

Consultancy firm Coras has established a strong local presence since touching down at South Australia’s Defence and Space Landing Pad in 2022.

The South Australian team which started as four employees, has now grown to six, and forms part of a broader workforce of 65 staff based in Sydney and Canberra.

Described as a ‘management consultancy with a difference’, Coras’ roots in the Defence industry run deep. The company was founded in 2015 by three Navy veterans and its multi-generational workforce ranges from former veterans (40%) to young, emerging talent.

When it came time to expand, Coras set its sights on South Australia as the strategic location of choice, positioning itself among prominent industry names such as ASC and the Defence Teaming Centre at the Defence and Space Landing Pad in Adelaide’s Lot Fourteen innovation district.

“We had robust growth targets in place and opted for South Australia because of its growing defence industry and capability across the supply chain,” said Neill Morgan, Business Director for Coras.

“South Australia is clearly punching above its weight in the Defence and Space Industries,” he added.

“From quantum technologies, uncrewed systems, batteries, electronic warfare, surveillance, and space technologies, South Australia is Australia’s innovation capital.”

For Coras, calling the Defence and Space Landing Pad home “just made sense”.

“Being new to South Australia, we opted for the Defence and Space Landing Pad as a central location to connect and collaborate with like-minded innovators in industry,” said Neill. “Forming part of the local community helped launch Coras in the local market.”

Neill highlighted ready access to clients such the Bureau of Meteorology and Defence’s Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group (CASG), establishing working relationships with the likes of the Defence Teaming Centre, and providing pro bono Defence contracting workshops as just some of the positive outcomes.

Now, as the company continues to grow, they have decided to relocate within Lot Fourteen.

“Securing a new premises in Lot Fourteen is essential to our continued growth in the local market,” Neill said.

“While Coras has significant depth in the areas of maritime sustainment and capability, we operate across all Defence domains (land and air, as well as sea), intelligence, and across other Commonwealth departments. We continue to have robust growth targets for the business, which include providing services in support of submarine and shipbuilding programs.”

Establishing a long-term footprint in South Australia allows Coras to continue contributing to local growth and innovation.

“Connecting industry and the Commonwealth ensures a resilient, technologically advanced supply chain,” he concludes.

Coras is currently involved in industry leading projects such as exploring the unique replenishment options for the Royal Australian Navy’s Vertical Launch system capability, updating the Navy’s N4 Library, assisting with strategies for the National Shipbuilding and Sustainment Enterprise Headquarters and the Destroyer Capability Enhancement Program.

The Defence and Space Landing Pad, managed by Defence SA, is a one-stop-shop that supports the relocation and set-up of international companies in South Australia. It provides an important foundation for companies to tap into a range of government support programs and a network of industry consultants, all while operating from the state’s exciting Lot Fourteen innovation district in the heart of the Adelaide CBD.

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#425 Post by mattblack » Tue May 14, 2024 11:18 am

Lot Fourteen heralds new defence technology academy

The Australian Government alongside the State Government will jointly invest $60 million towards the Australian Defence Technologies Academy to be developed at Lot Fourteen, driving sovereign research and development of defence capabilities in South Australia.

From 2026, Lot Fourteen will be home to a state-of-the-art facility which will provide digital training, education and research capabilities critical to the defence industry, while aligning with other sectors including space and cyber.

The Academy will be operated by the new Adelaide University, with a Memorandum of Understanding signed between the Government of South Australia, University of Adelaide and University of South Australia.

The Academy aims to strengthen South Australia’s skills and talent pool while providing a unique place where research supported environments benefit from deep industry expertise.

It will leverage collaboration across industry and academia, while positioning the new Adelaide University as a significant institution for defence and national security.

Funded through the Adelaide City Deal, this is an equal and joint investment by the Australian and South Australian Governments, providing $30 million each towards this project.

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#426 Post by mattblack » Mon Jun 03, 2024 11:33 am

Next update on subs,

AUKUS submarine shipyard design partners announced

The Australian Government has selected Adelaide-based KBR and joint venture between AECOM and Aurecon as concept design partners for South Australia’s Nuclear-Powered Submarine Construction Yard (NPSCY) at Osborne.

Together, the selected design teams will draw on the experience of nuclear infrastructure specialists and personnel who have worked on previous shipyard infrastructure projects at Osborne, Henderson and in AUKUS partner nations.

KBR will be responsible for designing the steel processing and fabrication facilities at the shipyard, while AECOM and Aurecon will deliver the concept design for the remainder of the site that will be used to support the outfitting, consolidation and commissioning of the SSN-AUKUS submarines.

With extensive experience in the design of defence infrastructure facilities across Australia, including the continued works at HMAS Stirling, KBR Vice President GS APAC Nic Maan said that the company was thrilled to be selected.

“The trust that has been placed in KBR by Australian Naval Infrastructure and the Australian Submarine Agency is testament to our long history at Osborne and the world class capabilities that KBR can contribute to this critical national security endeavour.”

Led by Australian Naval Infrastructure in partnership with the Australian Submarine Agency, the announcement marks another key milestone in the lead up to the construction of Australia’s first SSN-AUKUS by 2030.

At the peak of construction, the project is set to create up to 4,000 direct jobs, drawing on the skills of Australian engineering and design consultants, project controls specialists, project managers, tradespeople and construction workers.

The NPSCY development will span more than 75 hectares and will be built to the highest security and safety standards. Early works such as site mobilisations and a new carpark commenced late last year.

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#427 Post by VinyTapestry849 » Fri Jun 21, 2024 10:17 am

Hunter class frigate construction starts today at Osborne. Announcements to follow throughout the morning

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#428 Post by rev » Sun Jun 23, 2024 11:50 am

VinyTapestry849 wrote:
Fri Jun 21, 2024 10:17 am
Hunter class frigate construction starts today at Osborne. Announcements to follow throughout the morning
Yep, surprised it wasn't all over the news
Australia Cuts Steel On Its First Hunter-Class Frigate
Australia's future Hunter-class of frigates took a significant step forward today, when BAE Systems cut steel on the first of six vessels at the Osborne Naval Shipyard in Adelaide, South Australia.
Naval News Staff 21 Jun 2024


Australia Department of Defence press release

Today, the Albanese Government has taken another significant step in delivering Navy’s enhanced lethality surface combatant fleet with construction commencing on the first Hunter Class Frigate.

This major milestone was marked by the Deputy Prime Minister and the Premier of South Australia cutting the first piece of steel to be used on the first ship of the class.

Earlier this year, the Albanese Government announced the most significant investment in Navy’s surface fleet in decades. This included a commitment to build six Hunter class frigates in South Australia to significantly improve Navy’s undersea warfare and strike capability.

The contract for the construction phase for the first three Hunter Class Frigates has now been signed by Defence and BAE Systems Australia, with the first Hunter Class Frigate expected to be operational in 2034.

Construction of the Hunter Class Frigates will take place at the Osborne Naval Shipyard as part of the Albanese Government’s commitment to continuous naval shipbuilding in South Australia.

The construction phase of the Hunter Class Frigate Program will run for 20 years.

At its peak this program will support around 3,000 direct jobs and will support a further 5,000 indirect jobs across the Australian supply chain.

These jobs are in addition to the thousands of highly skilled workers that will be required to build our AUKUS submarines and extend the life of the Collins class submarines, both of which will also take place at Osborne in South Australia.

The Hunter Class Frigates are a key component of the Albanese Government’s commitment to ensure the Royal Australian Navy has a surface fleet with high levels of lethality and deterrence in a time of increased global uncertainty.

Deputy Prime Minister, the Hon Richard Marles MP, said:

“This first milestone is not just about cutting steel; we are supporting Australian workers to build frigates in an Australian yard, supporting Australian industry.

“Continuous naval shipbuilding is how Australia will grow its shipbuilding and sustainment workforce, industry, and infrastructure.

“This milestone exemplifies our government’s commitment to deliver continuous naval shipbuilding in South Australia and a future made in Australia, by Australians.

“This project will support highly skilled Australian jobs, including around 3,000 direct jobs at its peak and a further 5,000 indirect jobs through the Australia supply chain.”

Premier of South Australia, Peter Malinauskas, said:

“This is a momentous day for our state.

“The construction of the frigates locks in a pipeline of continuous naval shipbuilding in South Australia, delivering thousands of secure, well paid jobs for generations to come.

“This delivery of frigates alongside SSN-AUKUS submarines puts South Australia front and centre in the most crucial of national endeavors.

“It also represents a step change in our state’s economic complexity, which will help improve the standard of living for South Australians more broadly.”



BAE Systems Australia press release

The Commonwealth of Australia has awarded BAE Systems Maritime Australia a contract to build the first three Hunter class frigates as the program celebrates its transition into formal construction phase.

Deputy Prime Minister, Richard Marles and the Premier of South Australia, Peter Malinauskas, officially cut steel on the first ship at a ceremony at the Osborne Naval Shipyard in Adelaide, South Australia.

The event was attended by representatives from Federal and State Governments and the Royal Australian Navy, as well as BAE Systems Australia industry partners, suppliers and employees.

The piece of steel cut forms part of the under structure support for the port side propeller shaft brake system.

Based on the Type 26 Global Combat Ship, the first four of which are under construction at BAE Systems’ site in Glasgow, UK, Hunter is one of the world’s most advanced anti-submarine warfare frigates and will provide the Royal Australian Navy with next-generation capability.

Ben Hudson, Chief Executive Officer, BAE Systems Australia, said:

“This is a proud moment for all of us at BAE Systems Australia and it comes at a time when the capability of Hunter has never been more important.

“Hunter will be one of the most technologically advanced, stealth-capable anti-submarine warfare vessels in the world and its modular mission bay allows it to undertake a wide-range of missions from warfare to humanitarian and disaster relief.

“Over the coming years we will build and deliver the first three Hunter class frigates to the Royal Australian Navy.”

Craig Lockhart, Managing Director, BAE Systems Australia – Maritime, said:

“We already have a head-start on the construction of the first Hunter class frigate, with six schedule protection blocks already in production approved under the design and productionisation phase as part of the risk mitigation strategy.

“This program has always been more than just building ships, we have created world-leading facilities, a vibrant supply chain ready to step up to full rate of production and a workforce that is proving it can produce the highest quality shipbuilding products that can compete anywhere.

“This moment has been a long time in the making and it has been a tremendous journey so far, but we have demonstrated that together with our partners, suppliers and the great team both here at Osborne and in the UK, we are up to the task and raring to go.”


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#429 Post by Pistol » Sun Jun 23, 2024 7:00 pm

Well, they actually 'cut steel' back in 2019 but that was just a publicity stunt to say they were on schedule
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#430 Post by abc » Sun Jun 23, 2024 10:50 pm

Mali reminds me of Mayor Quimby
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